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It's really good, as close as you can get to a proper espresso. I've tried it before, my friend had it but at the time I didn't think id be rajin or patient enough with the actual making It cleaning up so I went with the French press. I never really liked the French press had more murkier and dirty taste and I thought it was never worth the extra effort. But with the aeropress I could really taste the difference and started to enjoy the process of making it.

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Acquired an espresso machine, so I'm letting go of my aeropress, still comes with more than half of paper filters. Any takers?


Kotmj - "Is it this big when flaccid?"

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In Hainan, I had the best and the worst coffee of my life. My first coffee experience there was in a village coffee shop a walking distance away from the Tok ancestral house in Wenchang, a small district in Hainan.

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It was pretty meh. I put it down to the place being provincial.

 

I was walking along a street in Haikou (capital city of Hainan) when I passed by a boisterous coffee shop packed with people. I thought, here's the place Haikou locals go to, let's try the real article.

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I thought it was their custom to serve tea with coffee but upon closer sniffing found that the liquid in the teapot is actually coffee. I had two cups of the thing, and found it was the worst coffee I've ever had, worse even than the one I had in Wenchang. It was extremely dilute. It had this mild taste of dead coffee without any aroma. That pot of coffee was 4 yuan.

 

My nervous system was excited by the prospect of a good dose of caffeine, now unfulfilled, so I could not walk in peace without satisfying it. Looking for a proper cup of coffee became a priority. I found it, sort of, in a trendy café. For 22 yuan, I got a pretty strong cup of coffee. Relatively satisfying.

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The best coffee of my life came unexpectedly. We were on the way to Haikou from Senya, when we stopped by a petrol station for a toilet break. I saw a café adjacent to the petrol station, so dropped in for a cup. I thought I'd just go for their best bean. I looked at the menu, and the best cup of coffee was 168 yuan. I thought maybe there was a printing error. Are there that many millionaires stopping by this place for coffee? So I went with the next highest priced, which was 38 yuan.

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Never have I tasted so much of the floral aroma of coffee concentrated in so little liquid. It was an enormous bouquet. There was also no bitterness; there was an underlying sweetness which I never thought coffee could have.

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I'm getting this, now my home cappuccino making is complete. Been using the electric one, that can be my alternate.

 

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And recently tried a kopi luak, came in a really fancy packaging. Like selangor pewter box thingy. I'd say it's really nice tea like, very light. I enjoyed it but I don't think I'll pay for it, honestly I'm quite happy with my waitrose beans, damn good value in my opinion.

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I'm mostly at their Pyramid outlet because of proximity to the hotel in Subang, but I've also tried their outlet in Kota Kemuning and it is just as good. Occasionally, it tastes off (poor brewing?) or not quite optimal but even then it is still the best in KL.

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Lowdown Cafe, Perth City. Supposedly very good coffee, according to Misift, pictured. Please notice the bagles and rings. Misfit is opening a cafe in Subiaco. A surprising move to me, since before he got on the boat, he drank no coffee.

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Making coffee while away from home. Caffe Bene "Kenya Nyala" beans (very good); Kyocera ceramic hand grinder; Snow Peak titanium mug; Daiso filter holder and paper filter.

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That view is really worth getting up early for. What's the temperature like over there, that early in the AM?

 

Recently, I tried and gave Starbucks (SB) beans another run. I got me 250g of their 'House Blend' (a medium-to-medium-dark roast) and ground the beans at home, making some lattes and filtered coffee. Results were not encouraging....bitter and flat. The beans were priced relatively OK, but I think they were too darkly roasted. Given the price, I may (MAY) try their lighter roasts and see how things go. One thing SB has going for it is its availability....I stay in PJ and there are TWO SBs within a 1km radius from my house!

 

Luckily, there are many 'hipster'-type cafes that have opened up, some which (claim to)  roast their own beans. One large downside is that one really does not know (without some research), if they are any good. Another is that their beans cost significantly more than SBs, sometimes up to 50-60% more.

 

Anyway, I have tried Artisan Coffee in PJ, both for drink-in and their for whole beans, and they're quite good. There beans can be as fresh as a few days old (since roasted), and the high turnover rate ensures no stale beans.

 

Another favorite of mine is Pulp, just in front of NSTP in Bangsar. My wife says their lattes are really good, but I usually go for their 'nitro' cold brew. Pulp also sells coffee paraphernalia, and although I have never asked, would probably not mind giving some lessons on brewing.

 

Last note, once you've acquired basic coffee making gear, whatever your preferred style, I would suggest getting a scale with 0.1g precision.  It helps with consistency and manages to help with sucky coffee.

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Believe it or not, that's dusk. I am a very late riser and have not seen a dawn in maybe a decade. I believe the temperate was 18 degrees Celcius. There is a big billboard with a digital temperature display in this place. It's a pulic garden planted with flowering plants which give off a sticky sweet scent. I thought it was somebody with a strong perfume sitting in a nearby garden bench, but the whole garden and its vicinity smelled of it. It may be frangipani, but I'm not sure.

 

Someday, I will want to roast my own beans. Green beans can be imported and have an indefinite shelf life in the fridge. There are home coffee roasting devices.

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I bought some coffee beans from SF Coffee two days ago. Unlike most cafe outlets, their beans do not come pre-packed with manufacuring dates from 8 months ago. They sell you beans by the 100g from the same beans they use to brew their coffee. Really fresh. But the taste is still not on Caffe Bene level...

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I wonder...does Caffe Bene sell whole beans?

 

The best tasting cup of black coffee I had was at Coffea Coffee, in Sri Petaling. Ended up there by accident. Had their filtered coffee. Totally next level.

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Yes, Caffe Bene sells whole beans. It's what I've been using the past couple of months. Problem is, they are prepacked and are several months old. Nonetheless, they still taste better than freshly-roasted beans from SF Coffee.

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I received a whatsapp message from KF Chan out of the blue on the Bersih weekend. He said he was talking to a customer in his cafe who said he wanted to quit his job at a bank and become a tailor. They then started talking about me. This made him think of me.

 

I have not been to KF Chan's cafe in years. He told me he moved his cafe downstairs, so that it now fronts the road. I dropped by this week for a coffee and also for another Aeropress and hand grinder. I'll be using this when making myself a coffe while in the shop.

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I just had to buy this since they were grown in Johor. Only after brewing my first cup did I bother to take a look at what it is I bought.

 

Turns out it is not Arabica. Also, the beans are humongous---the size of Shandong peanuts.

 

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I was a bit excited to see it was roasted 4th September. I was anticipating a particularly flavoursome brew. Instead, the coffee is bland. Meh.

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